NHS Counter Fraud Authority


Who we are and what we do

The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) launched on 1 November 2017 as a new special health authority tasked to lead the fight against fraud, bribery and corruption in the NHS and the wider health service.

We are an intelligence-led organisation and use information from a wide range of sources to develop innovative and proportionate solutions to prevent fraud. We also investigate the most complex and high-value cases of fraud and drive improvements in the standards of counter fraud work across the NHS.

NHS fraud

Fraud costs the NHS £1.25bn a year, which is enough to pay for 40,000 staff nurses, or 5,000 ambulances; breaking that figure down further, that is approximately £3.42m a day. Although fraud is committed by a minority, the impact it has is significant as it eats away at precious resources that are intended for front-line patient care. The NHSCFA works closely with stakeholders at both national and local levels to lead the fight against NHS fraud and to stop vital NHS funds lining the pockets of criminals.

Our four main priority areas for 2018-19 are: patient charge evasion, driving improvement in standards, procurement and commissioning fraud and pharmaceutical contractor fraud.

Working collaboratively and engaging

We cannot do this work alone, which is why we are keen to work with organisations and individuals in the NHS and wider health service to discuss the very real fraud risks that exist, and finding ways to address them together. We also want to talk about what the NHSCFA can do to help them make the most of their counter fraud resources.

We have a downloadable toolkit on our website that features videos, posters and web banners that can be downloaded and used to help raise awareness.

You can also subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter to keep in touch with us, find out more about the work we are doing, and learn more about NHS fraud.

If you have any suspicions or concerns about NHS fraud, please report it by either calling our fraud and corruption reporting line on 0800 028 4060, or visiting our website.

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